Stable table

This stable table is ideal for using while sitting in front of the TV eating. It was made as a gift for my grandma as she was looking for something similar.

To make it light I used plywood, which ended up looking half decent when stained.

Items Needed

  • Plywood
  • Fabric
  • Cabinet door handles
  • Freezer bags
  • Stain
  • Varnish
  • Thumb tacks
  • Bean bagĀ filling

The first step was to cut the plywood to size, then route the grooves. These were supposed to be all the way around like juice grooves on a cutting board. However, I had an issue of space.
Due to the setup of my shed, I was unable to clamp down the timber and still have enough room for the router along the front and back. I had to settle for side grooves only.

The next step was to sand it all down and stain it up. It was at this point I noticed another issue. The timber had a massive scratch on the top which is visible in the picture. I thought, no problem, I will use the other side. The bottom was even worse. It had some blue marking stains over it. I tried sanding the scratch and the blue stains out with no luck, so I had to settle for the scratch.

After the stain and varnish had dried I mounted the door handles. The screws had to be cut down to the right size. A normal drawer or door is thicker than the timber used for the table.

The last step was attaching the fabric and filling with beans. Attaching the fabric was tedious. To stop it fraying at the ends I folded it over approx the thickness of the timber. This made it more difficult at the corners, but it just takes a bit of patience.
The thumbtacks go into the side of the plywood fairly easy, but a hammer can help.
Before closing up the last half, of the last side, its time to add the filling.

File 23-08-2016, 1 45 15 PMDue to the gaps between the thumbtacks, it is a good idea to put the beans into small bags. I used 5 freezer bags with a small number of beans in each one. If you pack the bags too tight, it makes it difficult to position the table on your lap. You could sew up a pillow case, or use anything else pliableĀ and sealed for the internal liner.

After the beans are in, close up the remaining side and its done!

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